Bank of America
, Carpenter & Co.
, University of California, Berkeley
, Tom Bates, Kevin Hufferd, Kriss Worthington, Donlyn Lyndon
, Peter Diana,
Condo dwellers can help revitalize that part of downtown Berkeley, says Lyndon
...The design also calls for 50 condominiums, which will help revitalize that part of downtown, said Donlyn Lyndon, a UC Berkeley architecture professor who is working on the project.
"You need to get people living downtown, people who have a 24-hour investment in the city," he
Remaking Center Street Lyndon
, who also edits the urban design journal Places, sees the new hotel as part of the remaking of Center Street itself, which has a wide sidewalk and rows of shade trees on its south side -- because of his
work in the past.Along the north side of the street, however, more than half the block is taken up by a crumbling industrial building, the university's former printing plant, which presents ugly blank walls to passersby. Lyndon
describes the bank branch beside it -- a one-story brick building with a flat roof surrounded by beds of ivy where rats sometimes scurry for shelter -- as "out of sync" -- a suburban project at odds with its urban surroundings.